Connecting with Community: Our Mission
TS Bank employees have joined together for a greater purpose and have found meaning in what we do. That purpose is to ignite lasting client and community prosperity.
To ignite lasting client and community prosperity.
We believe in this so much that we use this in our brand’s tagline.
IGNITE PROSPERITY: "Ignite" defined as "to evoke emotion, to excite, to set in motion," and "prosperity" defined as "to thrive or cause to succeed" and, from the Latin prosperåre to succeed, from prosperus fortunate; (i.e.) "PRO" means (FOR) + spés means (HOPE) is what IGNITE PROSPERITY means to TS Bank. We are for hope!
Here is how we define what the phrase means to us:
We help our clients transform their lives.
We increase financial knowledge in our community.
We develop and invest in our employees.
We live generously both with our time and resources.
This is how we IGNITE PROSPERITY.
As a purpose-driven organization, employees find strength in the company’s story and are motivated to have more impact. Mick and Judy’s dream is now amplified through the over 180 employees that work for the overall company. The Guttau family has encouraged us to be part of something bigger and to truly live for others. They inspire us to give back in any way we can – whether that be financially, through volunteer hours or board service. We know for every penny saved, every child who learns the value of a dollar, every employee who is constantly improving, we are fulfilling our purpose.
This concept of banking with a purpose has also traveled to North Dakota and Illinois through our bank holding company’s acquisition plan. With the same mission to IGNITE PROSPERITY, the continued goal is to help change lives and communities across the Midwest.
We invite you to join our purpose. Together, we can truly IGNITE PROSPERITY.
TS Bank is all about having a lasting impact in our community and we do this through a number of outreach efforts.
We believe reinvesting in the communities we serve is as important as the products and services we provide. We know the harder we work, the more we are able to give back. Giving. It’s one of our company’s nine core principles and one we’ll always stand behind. Together we make a difference. We encourage others to live generously and pay it forward. We have an entire page dedicated to our community reinvestment efforts.
Financial Literacy Efforts
We’ve highlighted a few of our financial literacy efforts on this page. Additional information can be found here.
We care about each community member’s individual situation and our coaching team wants to hear their stories. Do you know someone whom managing money a struggle for, needs help with saving habits or information on how credit works? Our team has the resources to help them. We invite individuals to speak to one of our financial coaches about personal finance, money management, budgeting, setting goals, debt and more. If you or someone you know is needing help or experiencing hardship this season, please take a moment to reach out to us. Also, we have the ability to meet virtually!
In the United States today, families are faced with critical financial decisions now more than ever. TS Bank is a resource for individuals and families handling decisions concerning their finances. Our team members speak to different audiences in the community and try to meet them where they are. In the past, we've partnered with organizations like MICAH House, Ameri-Serve and others to provide community engagement.
We believe financial knowledge begins at a young age which is why we created an entire division committed to creating a stronger, more financially savvy future generation through student (K-12) financial literacy education. We believe in a long-term approach to help create a more financially savvy population. Our team trains teachers on how to deliver financial curriculum at all age levels in addition to offering classroom programming.
Elementary School Student Branches
We currently have four elementary student-led banks in southwest Iowa. Our goal is to introduce the economic concept of saving money at an early age and reinforce this idea through programming. We want to demonstrate that saving money should be part of a student’s personal financial plan for their future, increase parental involvement in children’s lives through banking activity and provide unique learning experiences for all participants.
Special Events and Programs
Here is a highlight of a few of our special events and programs.
We like to get creative and find new ways to engage with our community through unique events.
For example, for over twenty years we have been hosting an event called TS Promise, four days of impact where we bring in a national motivational speaker and go on the road to schools in southwest Iowa. Middle and high school students in southwest Iowa have filed into gymnasiums and auditoriums to hear from speakers who educate, inspire and empower. Additionally, an evening youth rally compliments the school visits where speakers can tell more of their story. From a strongman, a yo-yo champion, ventriloquist, magician and others, all have used their unique talents to reach students.
Here is what a principal at Riverside School District had to say about the 2021 TS Promise assembly featuring Tasha Schuh:
“Riverside is so appreciative to TS Bank for sponsoring our recent assembly with Tasha Schuh. Tasha's message fit right into our goals as a school to build resilience in our kids. Our kids connected immediately with Tasha's story and her overcoming of many obstacles in her life. Thanks again to TS Bank for providing this service to our students as well as other students in SW Iowa!” - Nicholas J. Kroon
We've also hosted events geared toward women in leadership, nonprofit employees and economic development leaders that have had huge traction and attendance. We try to find a need in the community and be the catalyst for change, growth and sharing of new ideas. See upcoming events here.
Small Business Pitch Competition
In 2015, TS Bank started REV, a small business pitch competition in an effort to spur additional economic growth and to encourage business owners to pursue their dreams. Over $85,000 has been distributed to small businesses through this event. Learn more here.
Together, we can do more and when our employees team up, we have greater impact. The giving of time, talents and treasure is of great importance at TS Bank – and a great honor.
There are many facets to our outreach efforts but chief among them is empowering our employees to make a lasting impact on their community. Each year employees are given 50 hours of volunteer time off (VTO). Building homes and playgrounds, organizing events for nonprofits and serving on nonprofit boards, are among the many ways employees give back through volunteering.
Our employees are extremely generous and have found many meaningful ways to impact our community. Each year our employees adopt the children living at Children’s Square U.S.A. in Council Bluffs during the holidays and provide a Christmas celebration. They’ve also teamed up to create blankets for the MICAH House guests and participated in many fundraising drives.
We invite you to reach out if you have any questions about any of our outreach activities.